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Environment

New Report Finds G-20 Member Countries Support Fossil Fuels At Levels Untenable To Achieve Paris Agreement Goals

July 20, 2021

Bloomberg Philanthropies and BloombergNEF released a new Climate Policy Factbook outlining the progress that each G-20 member country has made toward moving to a low-carbon economy. The report was released to increase transparency and inform policy priorities ahead of upcoming international climate negotiations, including the G-20 Summit and Ministerial Meetings, the 75th Session of the U.N. General Assembly, and COP26.

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Arts

Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches $30 Million International Digital Accelerator Program to Help Arts Organizations Invest In & Use Technology to Speed COVID-19 Economic Recovery

July 14, 2021

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the launch of the Digital Accelerator Program to help cultural non-profit organizations stabilize and thrive in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic through strategic improvements to their technology infrastructure.

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Government Innovation

Bloomberg Philanthropies Recognizes 16 U.S. Cities For Using Data Most Effectively

July 14, 2021

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that 16 U.S. cities have achieved 2021 What Works Cities certification, which evaluates the degree to which city leaders are using data to inform policy and funding decisions. Data-informed strategies have enabled these newly Certified cities to increase resident satisfaction, reduce carbon emissions, address homelessness, and more.  Since 2018, 40 cities have achieved What Works Cities Certification.

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Government Innovation

Bloomberg Philanthropies to Help Six Global Cities Harness Digital Innovation to ‘Build Back Better’

June 29, 2021

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced new partnerships with six global cities aimed at accelerating digital transformation to improve the lives of residents and boost recovery from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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Government Innovation

Bloomberg Philanthropies 2021 Mayors Challenge Names Top 50 Global Urban Innovations Emerging From Pandemic

June 15, 2021

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the 50 Champion Cities, representing the boldest urban innovations of the past year, that will advance to the finalist stage of the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, a worldwide innovation competition that encourages and spreads the cities’ most promising ideas. This year’s program focuses on elevating the most important public innovations generated in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

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Environment

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Commonwealth Secretariat Announce Expanded Partnership to Boost Ocean Conservation

June 7, 2021

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced an expansion of its partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat to tackle critical challenges facing the ocean. In the lead up to World Ocean Day on Tuesday, June 8, Bloomberg Philanthropies pledged new funding to support the work of the Commonwealth Blue Charter to solve ocean challenges and protect critical ocean resources for the health and livelihood of billions of people around the world.

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Environment

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Vibrant Oceans Initiative Reaches Crucial Milestone for Marine Conservation with Enactment of Fiji’s National Ocean Policy

June 2, 2021

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Vibrant Oceans Initiative (VOI) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) are celebrating the adoption of an ambitious National Ocean Policy in Fiji earlier this year. With this policy, supported additionally by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), VOI has reached its goal of supporting science-backed fisheries and marine conservation policies in at least ten countries by 2022, one year ahead of schedule. Since its inception in 2012, VOI has now supported the protection of nearly 7 million square miles of ocean across the world.

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Environment

Brussels Launches Europe’s Largest Citizen Science Project on Air Quality

May 22, 2021

Launched today, CurieuzenAir is the largest citizen science project on air quality ever carried out in Brussels. This pioneering project will mobilize thousands of citizens to map the air quality levels across the Brussels-Capital Region with professional guidance by scientists. The launch coincides with the lead-up to the EU Green Week 2021. The initiative is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Brussels Clean Air Partnership.

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Founder's Projects

Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg Philanthropies Announce the Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative, a $150 Million Effort to Fuel Diversity in STEM Fields

May 11, 2021

Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the launch of the Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative devoted to addressing historic underrepresentation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, and preparing a new, more diverse generation of researchers and scholars to assume leadership roles in tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges. The $150 million effort funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies will be endowed to create additional pathways for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to pursue and receive PhDs in STEM fields.

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Public Health

Bloomberg Philanthropies Funds COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Efforts of 18 Cities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

May 6, 2021

As mayors around the world grapple with implementing equitable COVID-19 vaccination programs for their citizens, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced grants to 18 cities in low- and middle-income countries to support their planning for vaccine distribution rollouts with an emphasis on reaching high-risk populations.

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